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Kirkdale Estate

 A spectacular coastal estate with holiday cottages in South West Scotland.

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A stunning coastal estate with views stretching far out across the Solway Firth in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Kirkdale Bank Cottage

High quality self catering accommodation to comfortably sleep 6 commanding uninterrupted sea views across the Solway Firth.

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Kirkdale House

Home to the Hannay Family for over 500 years, Kirkdale House, a Robert Adam Georgian Mansion, is said to have one of the least altered Adam exteriors in Scotland.

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Kirkdale Port

A magical property with stunning uninterrupted sea views situated on the private foreshore of the Estate.

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Garden Cottage

Kirkdale Garden Cottage, complete with its own two acre private original walled garden offers a complete rural idyll away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.

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Self Catering at Kirkdale Estate
Coastal Holiday Cottages in South West Scotland


Kirkdale is a working Estate which runs from the hills down to the shore and includes a beef and sheep farm with Blackface sheep and Angus cross cows. Our delicious lamb is stocked in Sainsbury's.

We are surrounded by stunning scenery and beautiful wildlife such as red squirrels, roe deer, kites and otters and much more.

The immediate area is steeped in history from Neolithic Burial sites to a smugglers cave on the coast. We also have one of the only working waterwheels in Southern Scotland.

We have three stunning detached self catering holiday cottages, all traditional Galloway houses with woodburning stoves. Two directly overlook the sea and one is in an idyllic situation inland, nestling into the corner of the original walled garden. Kirkdale Bank Cottage and Kirkdale Port Cottage have spectacular sea views over the stunning Solway Firth.The sea view cottages are set a quarter of a mile apart from each other on a private shoreline track. Garden Cottage is situated alongside the two acre walled garden which guests are free to enjoy. Kirkdale Estate is only five minutes from popular Gatehouse of Fleet and only twenty minutes from Castle Douglas Food Town, Kirkcudbright Artists' Town and Wigtown Book Town.

History Of The Estate


The Hannay family first came to Kirkdale in 1532 from Sorbie in Wigtownshire in the west of Dumfries and Galloway. In the 17th century members of the family were involved with the covenanters, sat in Parliament and at one time Kirkdale was used as a staging post for Irish mercenaries going to Sweden.

The present Kirkdale House was built by Sir Samuel Hannay from local granite to plans by Robert Adam between 1780 and 1787. Sir Samuel became wealthy as a manufacturer of chemicals and drugs in London where he was at one time M.P. for Westminister. He made several fortunes and lost them gambling, dying in considerable debt.

Despite a fire which destroyed the centre of the house in 1893, the outside remains one of the few unaltered original Adam exteriors in Scotland.